Tom Cameron is responsible for project development, site acquisition and management, and engineering design. Prior to joining Summit, he was the founder of Power Development Associates, LLC and Cameron & Associates, a project management and engineering firm. Mr. Cameron has over 20 years of experience in the power industry and has held positions in a variety of disciplines.
His responsibilities included project management, cost and schedule control, technical and commercial contract negotiations, selection and coordination of vendors, engineering firms, and erection contractors, supervision of engineering and site staff, preparation of bid specifications, coordination of construction management, startup coordination and customer interfaces. Mr. Cameron has successfully managed the development of multiple gas, solar and wind projects for Summit and other entities.
Richard W. Burkhardt, CPA
Chief Financial Officer, Vice President
Rick Burkhardt is responsible for planning, managing and controlling all financial-related activities of Summit. This includes direct responsibility for accounting, finance, forecasting, facilities and IT management, risk management and tax. Mr. Burkhardt also supervises Summit’s complex tax and accounting work on behalf of several of its clients as part of the Company’s asset management work.
Prior to joining Summit, Mr. Burkhardt held the position Director, domestic income tax for Starbucks and was responsible for the domestic income tax function including tax planning, tax accounting for the worldwide operations and federal, state and local income tax compliance. Mr. Burkhardt also worked extensively with Starbuck’s merger and acquisition team. Mr. Burkhardt received his BA in Business Administration from University of Washington and his Master of Taxation from University of Denver. He is a Certified Public Accountant in the State of Washington and a member of the Washington State Society of CPAs.
Karl E. Mattes
Senior Vice President, Project Development & Engineering
Mr. Mattes oversees all aspects of project development and implementation at Summit, with specific focus on gas turbine, gasification and carbon capture projects. Mr. Mattes has more than 25 years of experience in the power industry and has held positions in a variety of disciplines. Most recently, Mr. Mattes was the Combustion Turbine Business Segment Manager for a major integrated service provider.
Prior to this position, Mr. Mattes was employed as the Project Director for numerous turnkey combined cycle projects including in California, New York, Virginia and other locations in the US. In these positions, Mr. Mattes was in charge of design, procurement, equipment manufacturing, construction, and commissioning. He holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Kelly F. Goodman, JD Vice President, Commercial Transactions Kelly Goodman most recently served as the General Counsel and Secretary for Summit, managing all legal matters for the Company and handling various commercial relationships across Summit’s project disciplines. Her experience includes transactions related to financing and asset sales, product off-take, property, and other commercial matters within both the public and private sector. Ms. Goodman also handles issues related to low carbon energy and related assets for Summit’s projects, which included transactional experience outside the U.S.
Prior to joining Summit, Ms. Goodman practiced law at an international law firm. In addition to her work in the oil and energy sector, in private practice, her work included advising public companies and corporate boards regarding securities and corporate litigation and investigatory matters. Ms. Goodman holds a law degree from the University of Washington School of Law (with high honors) and a BA from Santa Clara University (phi beta kappa).
M. Chris Kirksey, PE
Chris Kirksey manages a broad range of Summit project development activities, including permitting, land/easement acquisition, and contract negotiations. Prior to joining Summit, Mr. Kirksey held the position of Senior Vice President of Power Production for Austin Energy, the City of Austin’s municipally owned electric utility, where he was responsible for executive oversight of Austin Energy’s electric power generation facilities, including nuclear, coal and natural gas fueled plants.
During Mr. Kirksey’s tenure at Austin Energy, he worked in a variety of roles in generation, including engineering and plant management. Mr. Kirksey was also instrumental in the planning and development of the Sand Hill Energy Center, a 300 MW combined cycle and 180 MW simple cycle combustion turbine peaking generation facility, including all phases of contract negotiation and administration for technical services, equipment procurement and construction. Mr. Kirksey served as a director on the board of the South Texas Project Nuclear Operating Company and on the owners’ committees for the South Texas Project and the Fayette Power Project. Mr. Kirksey received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Texas Tech University and is a member of the Texas Tech Academy of Mechanical Engineers.
Director, Asset Management
Gerry Meyer is responsible for directing Summit asset management contract implementation. This includes maintaining relationships with project owners, vendors, energy purchasers and other stakeholders and ensuring compliance with governing agreements, production of budgets, performance reports and other financial work product. He works closely with Summit’s finance teams on tax and accounting matters related to the asset management division. Mr. Meyer brings extensive asset management, land and project development experience to Summit.
Previously, Mr. Meyer served as Executive Director of the Port of St. Helens where he was responsible for oversight of all development and operations, including the development of one of the largest energy industrial parks on the West Coast. He also served as the Development Manager for the Port of Portland where he held multiple leadership roles and was primarily responsible for land development and asset management. Mr. Meyer received his BS in Business Administration from Portland State University and is a retired captain from the United States Navy.